Hope Sandoval pays tribute to late Mazzy Star bandmate David Roback
(Credit: EMI)

David Roback, the co-founder of Mazzy Star, has died aged 61

David Roback, the famed musician and producer and who co-founded the band Mazzy Star alongside Hope Sandoval, has died aged 61.

A representative from the band confirmed the news of Roback’s passing but did not reveal the details or cause around his death.

Roback, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, began life as a musician alongside his brother, Stephen Roback, when they formed the band Unconscious, which also included Susanna Hoffs who would later go on to become the lead singer and guitarist of The Bangles.

Given his thirst to create music, Roback became an active and influential figure in the Paisley Underground music scene in Los Angeles in the early to mid-1980s as the leader of the band Rain Parade.

After jumping around a number of different bands throughout the 1980s, Roback transitioned a group into Mazzy Star following the split of previous bands Clay Allison and Opal and invited vocalist Hope Sandoval to join as lead singer— a move which allowed the band to head into a new direction in what would later become major commercial success.

After years of performing Californian Paisley Underground movement of the 1980s, Roback and his new band were about to release 1994 track ‘Fade Into You’ which propel them to new fame and filmy announce them as the ultimate dreamy pop-rock group of the 1990s. “It’s a really good song,” singer Hope Sandoval told news.com on reflection, “It’s just one of those things,” she added while trying to explain why the track became so popular.

She continued: “It was never intended to be a nostalgic song. Unless you were meant to think about nostalgia for the present because it really was about the present.”

Following on from the cult success of the track, Roback and Sandoval didn’t look back, releasing four studio albums through the band with the most recent coming in the shape of 2013 effort Seasons of Your Day. The band’s final release, the Still EP, was shared in 2018.

RIP David.

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